CHICAGO - Jeff Jendryk (Wheaton, Ill./St. Francis), a junior on the Loyola University Chicago men’s volleyball team, has been named Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) Defensive Player of the Week it was announced today by the conference office. This marks the second time this season that the middle blocker has earned the award.
In two matches at the LBSU Asics Tournament in Long Beach, Calif., last weekend, the two-time American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-American averaged 1.25 blocks and 0.50 digs per set in addition to contributing 13 total kills. He recorded eight blocks and three digs, while pitching in nine kills and hitting .381 (9-1-21), in the Ramblers’ 23-25, 25-20, 27-25, 18-25, 15-13 victory over then-No. 11 CSUN on March 10. One night later, Jendryk put up two blocks and a dig in Loyola’s 13-25, 20-25, 19-25 setback versus host and then-No. 2 Long Beach State.
For the season, Jendryk leads Loyola with 83 total blocks (1.20 per set), 17 service aces (0.25 per set), and a .454 hitting percentage (148-21-280), which ranks fourth in the nation. He also is tallying 2.14 kills per set and ranks fourth in the country with his blocks per set average.
Loyola, which is ranked No. 10 in this week’s AVCA Division I-II Poll, returns to the court Thursday night (March 16) when it hosts No. 2 Ohio State at 7 p.m.